Arts in the City / Cast is off to mysterious war

THE “Great” War is hard to escape in the arts this year. Now in “The Home Front”, a piece of improvised theatre, we follow three women during World War I facing their own challenges, but the actors won’t know who they will portray until the performance starts. Developed through The Street Theatre’s “Made in Canberra” and “First Seen”, it’s at The Street, June 18-28, bookings to 6247 1223.

REP’s showbiz offering for the current season is “Showtune”, a night of razzle dazzle celebrating the words and music of Jerry Herman in shows such as “Hello, Dolly!”, “Mame” and “La Cage aux Folles”. Leisa Keen will be musical director and Jordan Kelly makes his REP directing debut. Theatre 3, Acton, June 20-July 5, bookings to 6257 1950 or

IMPRESSIVE news that former ANU and WAAPA graduate and Canberra theatre identity, Thomas Holesgrove, has successfully “defended” his doctoral thesis in Portuguese at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he now lives and works with the theatre company, Arte Tangível.

IN 2013, our own Luke Cornish (E.L.K.) achieved the highest auction record for a street artist. Now his new show, “Charlie Foxtrot”, has been opened by Father Bob Maguire at the Metro Gallery in Armadale, Victoria, running to June 29. The show follows Cornish’s journey to the Middle East where he encountered not so much crossfire as road blocks.

THE Art Gallery of NSW will, for the second year, run the 2014 “Young Archie” competition for children between the ages of five and 18 to coincide with the Archibald. We cannot deny that the title of the main prize belongs to the Gallery, but the use of the word Archie conjures up the irreverent Bald Archies. Details and entries at

Polifemy, from left, Catherine Crowley, Ruth Pieloor and Lynn Peterson. Photo by MVP Photography

Polifemy, from left, Catherine Crowley, Ruth Pieloor and Lynn Peterson. Photo by MVP Photography

THE next free concert at the High Court (1pm, Sunday, June 15) is a spectacular one – female vocal ensemble Polifemy, recorder ensemble Walking the Dog and Trumpet Club, the latter made up of no fewer than 20 local professional trumpet players.

A LATIN Fiesta fundraiser supporting the Chilean Red Cross in Valparaiso to help victims of huge fires that destroyed 2900 homes will be held in St Edmund’s College’s hall, 110 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, from 6pm on Saturday, June 21.

SONGS from favourite musicals will be sung in four-part harmony by the U3A Warrani Chorale with featured soloists at Weston Creek Uniting Church, 16 Parkinson Street, Weston Creek, 10.30am, Wednesday, June 18. Entry by a gold coin donation will include morning tea.